Last week, I shared a peek behind the scenes of the simple DIY wedding decorations with baby’s breath and roses- and today, I am sharing just how easy it is to create this garland on your own.
DIY Wedding – Baby’s Breath & Roses
Gypsophila aka Baby’s breath is such a beautiful flower- and in my opinion, one that is often overlooked for simple elegance. A lot of people don’t look at baby’s breath and think of it as a center stage kind of flower- they see it more as a filler. Which in fairness, it is a filler flower. But it is so much more than that.
It is timeless, romantic, elegant, dainty and is absolutely beautiful. When we were talking about wedding reception decor for the tables – Diem was originally thinking arrangements for each of the 8 tables.
Side note: You will have to forgive the lighting on some of these photos- my phone snaps really picked up that yellow tone of their lighting.
We had white roses with baby’s breath in mind and then we thought about doing garlands. I checked into ordering garlands made out of baby’s breath- and the cost for 8 tables and the sweethearts table with a larger arrangement was on the pricey side. But I do have a source at the flower market who makes garlands and wreaths so I reached out to see what the cost was directly through him. It was far more reasonable and about the same price as buying bunches and wiring them together yourself. So, we ordered (9) 7′ garlands for the tables and white roses to customize.
DIY Roses Garland
The baby’s breath garland base was simple and sweet and beautiful all by itself. The only thing Diem wanted added was white roses. I ordered 16 dozen Playa Blanca roses from the flower market for the arrangements and the garlands.
To create a rose and baby’s breath garland- it can be as simple as just tucking the flowers into the garland and wiring them. But we wanted the roses to last as long as possible. Enter those wee florists vials for water.
You simply add water to the vial, then cut the rose to the length you need and pop it through the top. Then tuck it right into the garland.
You can wire them in if you are going to be moving them around or they will be hanging down like on an archway for example. But we kept is super simple. I filled all the vials with water and roses ahead of time and brought them with me.
The venue already had the tables and chairs set up- so that made set up a little easier for everyone. After we layered the runners and the garlands on the tables- I went around and customized each garland on the spot. You can use these same vials for any flowers you are using for a garland or wall decoration like a wreath. They come in several sizes and clear or green plastic as well.
I tucked the roses right into the garlands – some single roses and some double roses for a bit more oomph.
The sweethearts table is where Cullan and Diem sat for the reception. She wanted a chunkier type of swag floral arrangement. One that kind of dropped down on one side of the table. For this- I made it ahead of time knowing that I needed to wire the roses and tweak it a bit to make it work on the table. For the base, I took one of the garlands and folded it in half and wired the two sides together.
This created a centerpiece that was chunkier but not as long. I used a few pieces of wire to wire the roses to it.
For the cake table, bar and welcome table- Diem wanted arrangements with baby’s breath and roses. I made 6 arrangements in varying sizes for those areas.
These had more than just roses and baby’s breath as you can see- I used several different types of flowers in shades of white and barely blush.
These flowers came mostly from the local supermarket- even more of those Playa Blanca roses. I will share a detailed breakdown of the method to my madness on creating florals like these & where we shopped vases and other details to save a bit.
Happily Ever After Party
Isn’t their Happily Ever After sign cute? This is a wood sign that we made years ago and painted with chalkboard paint. One of Diem’s friends wrote on it for her and we topped it with a eucalyptus garland from Balsam Hill.
The reception was so much fun-though busy busy when doing things yourself so I would suggest planning ahead and doing as much ahead of time as you can- and also hiring out some of the big things like a photographer. Even though I snapped a few photos and videos- I didn’t go crazy because I really wanted to be present in the moment and soak it up. It was so nice to be able to enjoy the evening without having to feel like I had to capture each thing- knowing that someone was doing that for us. I highly recommend even if you are DIY’ing a wedding or special event- indulging on a couple things like a photographer. Once we get those photos back- will share a few more of everything.
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